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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Colds are the bane of singers.
▪ Consequently, what forms the bane of middle-aged women's vanity can be used to your advantage.
▪ Knee injuries are the bane of the karate competitor's life.
▪ Most alpine strawberry varieties don't produce runners, a bane for gardeners who want to keep their berry patch under control.
▪ The Morning After Hangovers are the bane of drinkers.
▪ This is of great advantage to good horse trainers, but a real bane to poor ones.
▪ Though Minton's interest in youth fuelled his teaching, he could not escape the bane of its repetitiveness.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bane \Bane\, v. t. To be the bane of; to ruin. [Obs.]


Bane \Bane\ (b[=a]n), n. [OE. bane destruction, AS. bana murderer; akin to Icel. bani death, murderer, OHG. bana murder, bano murderer, Goth. banja stroke, wound, Gr. foney`s murderer, fo`nos murder, OIr. bath death, benim I strike.

  1. That which destroys life, esp. poison of a deadly quality. [Obs. except in combination, as in ratsbane, henbane, etc.]

  2. Destruction; death. [Obs.]

    The cup of deception spiced and tempered to their bane.

  3. Any cause of ruin, or lasting injury; harm; woe.

    Money, thou bane of bliss, and source of woe.

  4. A disease in sheep, commonly termed the rot.

    Syn: Poison; ruin; destruction; injury; pest.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English bana "killer, slayer, murderer; the devil," from Proto-Germanic *banon, cognate with *banja- "wound" (cognates: Old Frisian bona "murderer," Old Norse bani, Old High German bana "murder," Old English benn "wound," Gothic banja "stroke, wound"), from PIE root *gwhen- "to strike, kill, wound" (cognates: Avestan banta "ill"). Modern sense of "that which causes ruin or woe" is from 1570s.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A cause of misery or death; an affliction or curse 2 (context dated English) poison, especially any of several poisonous plants 3 (context obsolete English) A killer, murderer, slayer 4 (context obsolete English) destruction; death 5 A disease of sheep; the rot. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To kill, especially by poison; to be the poison of. 2 (context transitive English) To be the bane of. Etymology 2

n. (context chiefly Scotland English) A bone


n. something causes misery or death; "the bane of my life" [syn: curse, scourge, nemesis]

Bane (comics)

Bane is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman. The character's origin was in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993), and was created by Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, and Graham Nolan.

Known for his mix of brute strength and exceptional intelligence, the character is often credited as being the only villain to have "Broken the Bat". IGN's list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time ranked Bane as #34. Bane was portrayed by Robert Swenson in the 1997 film Batman & Robin and by Tom Hardy in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises.

Bane (Forgotten Realms)

Bane , also known as the Black Hand and the Black Lord, is the god of hatred, fear, and tyranny and one of the main evil gods in the fictional Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting, Forgotten Realms.

Bane is a Lawful Evil Greater Power whose symbol is green rays squeezed forth from a black fist, and whose divine realm is the Black Bastion in the Barrens of Doom and Despair. His Third Edition D&D domains are Evil, Destruction, Hatred, Law, and Tyranny.


Bané is a town in the Bané Department of Boulgou Province in south-eastern Burkina Faso. As of 2005, the town has a population of 1,095.

Bane (plant)

The term bane (from , meaning "thing causing death, poison"), in botany, is an archaic element in the common names of plants known to be toxic or poisonous.

In the Middle Ages, several poisonous plants of the genus Aconitum were thought to have or prophylactic qualities, repelling and protecting against that which they were banes to (e.g. Henbane, Wolfsbane).

Bane (Sarah Jane Adventures)

The Bane were a huge species of aliens. They worshipped the Bane Mother who was also their Queen. They were led by Mrs Wormwood.

Bane (band)

Bane was an American hardcore punk band that began in 1995 as a side project between Aaron Dalbec (then of Converge) and Damon Bellardo. Dalbec approached Matt Firestone to sing and they played under the moniker of Gateway for a few shows, before Firestone parted ways to focus on other projects. Dalbec then approached Aaron Bedard (who had previously sung for the Worcester, Massachusetts hardcore band Backbone) about singing for Bane. They went into the studio in December 1995 with a few friends and released a five-song demo. The next year saw the release of their first EP, and many shows throughout central Massachusetts. In early 1997, Bane released Free to Think, Free to Be EP, and in 1998 the band released the Holding This Moment 7" and CD collection, and embarked upon their first US tour. Like many other hardcore bands, Bane are known for their promotion of tolerance and unity within the scene.

In 2014, Bane released their final album, Don't Wait Up, with the band stating that they still plan to tour. They played their last show on June 18, 2016 at the Worcester Palladium.

Usage examples of "bane".

Bane, but a man well nigh as old as his uncle, though he hath not made men tremble so sore, albeit he be far the better man, a good warrior, a wise leader, a reiver and lifter well wrought at all points.

This, as you have no doubt guessed, is cito yen ne Kitty Faucon, the bane of my life.

Then the Bane moved on to Fleat and Pease, calling them sister, and offering them the bowl.

Yet if he did not goif he just stayed herewhat of Bane, whose body and world these really were?

Sonne wolde brenne so breme that hit wolde roste us all lyk mete in a forneys, and wolde be our bane.

And when the soul has paid a visit to Love, perhaps it was no more than briefly in a doorway, then a baby, marriage lines, a dreary flat in a viewless street, bills sweat, lust with clipped wings and a woman who quickly becomes the bane of life, a deadly boring woman.

Always when Aye go out with my girl, he bane yump on me and he always lick me.

If the demonic Black Dog appeared to herald the death of a member of some noble families, what more appropriate Bane of the Emersons could there be than a large, brindled Egyptian cat?

In the week since they had come to serve at Crydee, the boys had discovered their bane: Housecarl Samuel.

Banes Merse and Alnar, and Elien and Criah, both from the FlatRock Clan, and Relm, from the Pine Walk Clan.

If hosen and shoon thou gavest nane, The whins shall prick thee intil the bane.

Discoverie of a gaping gulf whereinto England is like to be Swallowed by another French marriage, if the Lord forbid not the Banes by letting Her Majestie see the sin and punishment thereof.

For thus Hera devised it, that Aeaean Medea might come to Ioleus for a bane to Pelias, forsaking her native land.

But only the strongest of the male Banes are allowed to complete the transformation to Horned Ones.

Raum hesitated a little, then began by explaining the significance of the groves to the Avar people and how those Avar children who had the potential to become Banes had to be presented and bonded to the Mother.